Thursday, June 05, 2008
FOOD, FUEL, AND POLITICS
The Associated Press reports on the collision of the above three factors. Representatives of various countries are planning to attend the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's 3-day summit held in Rome, but some will not speak with others. A 43 percent rise in food prices is predicted this year.
There is a difference of opinion as to how much of an impact on world food resources the turn to biofuels is causing. There is a call to end farm subsidies in the U.S. that is going unheeded. The EU bans one representative from stepping onto European soil, but the representative will still be able to attend the summit.
The article makes food into a political football that a lot of countries with differing agendas are kicking.